While the kickoff was given on Monday for the submission of candidates for legislative elections in March in Côte d’Ivoire, the two trends in the FPI have been met. Before we talk about effective reunification, the two camps are starting to come together to secure as many seats as possible in the next half cycle.
as reported from Abidjan, Sidy Yansané
If the visit “of solidarity and compassion” by the FPI-Gbagbo or Nothing to the President of FPI-Law Pascal Affi N’Guessan evokes a new rapprochement, there is no indication that the two tendencies will go to the legislative election under the same banner.
On the Affi N’Guessan side, we welcome the end of the boycott of the enemy’s brothers, the first step towards a possible reconciliation. But the general secretary of the political party, Issiaka Sangaré, insists on the urgently needed establishment of a synergy within the entire coalition of opposition parties. In short: avoid leaving in scattered rows and having opposition candidates competing in the same constituency.
At this point, within the pro-Gbagbo movement, Jean-Gervais Tchéidé, vice-president of the EDS platform, joins the camp opposite, evoking possible alliances with other opposition forces such as PDCI, to reach unique candidates in each constituency. The time is therefore for reconciliation for the vote, the question of party unification will be discussed later.
Jean-Gervais Tcheïdé, Vice-President of the EDS Platform, which brings together several opposition parties
The common goal is therefore to get the most seats from the presidential party RHDP, but for strategy specialist Sylvain N’Guessan, the two FPI groups are leaving weakened.
Firstly, due to the lack of renewal of their political staff, one of the consequences of the boycott of FPI-GOR. Then because of the low score on FPI-Affi, which had only won three seats in the 2016 legislative election, the latter segment would be even less advantageous according to the political scientist due to Laurent Gbagbo’s growing influence in negotiations as the return to the former head of state seems more and more likely.
Affi N’Guessan himself said that if Gbagbo came back, he would, so to speak, hand over his FPI to him. He recognizes Gbagbo as his boss, but it is necessary that human problems that were between them, the sensitivity, they must erase it. They have an interest in burying their anger no matter what they may be.
Venance Konan, Journalist and Publications Director of Fraternité matin
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